LBJ School Professor Lodis Rhodes, lifelong educator | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

We invite you to pay tribute to Professor Rhodes with a personal remembrance. 

Lodis Rhodes, whose teaching career spanned 42 years at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, died on Aug. 3, 2017. He was 71 years old.

Professor Rhodes joined the faculty of the LBJ School in 1974 and taught courses in management, building and sustaining local communities, technology and education policy. His current multi-year research project on “best practices” to ensure equitable access to digital technologies was examining how and where communities use interactive technologies, including a study of the public access sites of the Austin Free-Net (AFN)-Neighborhood Network.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Lodis Rhodes, who has been a part of the LBJ School’s fabric since 1974,” said Angela Evans, dean of the LBJ School. “Lodis was a professional in every sense of the word: honest, self-effacing and a true gentleman. He was not only committed to both the LBJ School and its students, but he was also dedicated to the pursuit of equitable solutions in education, social and technology policies. Our community mourns the loss of this gentle soul, and our thoughts go out to Lodis’ entire family.”

Prior to his appointment at the LBJ School, he was a Fellow of the American Council on Education and created the Institute for Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Rhodes previously served as associate dean of academic affairs and research at the LBJ School; assistant to the president, vice president and provost of The University of Texas at Austin; and coordinator of African-American Studies at the University of Nebraska.

Dr. Rhodes was co-founder and chairman of the board of the Austin Learning Academy, a community-based research and development laboratory that focuses on education. He was the former chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Austin Housing Authority; task force member of Environmental Equity and Justice; editorial board member and adviser of the Texas Center for Educational Research; and director of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. B.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Rhodes received a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Nebraska, 1972; M.S. in psychology from Kansas State University, 1970; and a B.A. from Kansas State University, 1968.